Manchester to get ‘world’s largest liquid air battery’: A new electricity storage facility, has been backed by £10 million of government investment, which claims will become the ‘world’s largest liquid air battery’,
The ‘first commercial liquid air battery facility in the world’ is expected to power as many as 200,000 homes for five hours every day and will land in Trafford, Manchester.
One of the companies involved is Highview Power and, ELN visited their test site back in 2012 to see how the technology worked.
The cryogenic energy storage system will work by using electricity to cool and compress air, turning it into liquid and storing it in containers with a capacity of 50MW/250 MWh.
To turn it back into electricity it then will feed the liquid through a turbine and pump it back into the grid when it is needed.
Kwasi Kwarteng, Energy and Clean Growth Minister said: “Projects like these will help us realise the full value of our world-class renewables, ensuring homes and businesses can still be powered by green energy, even when the sun is not shining and the wind not blowing.”
Highview Power CEO, Javier Cavada said, “This new cryogenic energy storage plant will deliver much needed long-duration energy storage and provide valuable services to the National Grid. We are delighted to have been chosen to assist the UK in achieving its goal of a 100% clean, carbon-free energy future.”
The project is said to help the country reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and meet its electricity needs from the grid.
Manchester to get ‘world’s largest liquid air battery’